After GNOME 2.x passed the torch to GNOME 3, a lot of people started to wonder what is the perfect graphical user interface for them. Many users moved to Xfce, since it offers kind of a similar user experience to the late GNOME 2.x. But for those still fond of the GNOME 2.x environment, there is a fork of GNOME 2 available, and it’s called MATE Desktop Environment.
The MATE Desktop Environment fork of GNOME2 was started by an Arch Linux user named perberos (you can read his forum announcement here). The project started by mostly maintaining GNOME 2 packages. Many developers joined the project later on, so MATE Desktop Environment caught on quite successfully, improving vastly in the years past. There are also plans afoot to move to GTK3, wayland etc.
Do you remember the native GNOME applications? MATE Desktop developers renamed them. Here is the list:
- Alacarte is renamed Mozo.
- Nautilus is renamed Caja.
- Metacity is renamed Marco.
- Gedit is renamed Pluma.
- Eye of GNOME is now known as Eye of MATE.
- Evince is renamed Atril.
- File Roller is renamed Engrampa.
- GNOME Terminal is renamed MATE Terminal.
- About GNOME is renamed About MATE
- Calculator is renamed MATE Calculator
- GNOME control center is renamed MATE control center
- GNOME Screenshot is renamed MATE Screenshot
- Zenity is renamed MATE Dialog
- gweather is renamed mateweather
And more is yet to come…
MATE and openSUSE
The first MATE version available on openSUSE was the 1.6 incarnation, but recently the ever diligent openSUSE MATE team succeeded in adding MATE Desktop environment to Factory repositories. That means that next openSUSE version, 13.2, will include MATE Desktop officially!
We have changed our repository scheme to avoid people having to change their repositories for each update. Everything is now unified in only one repository, X11:MATE:Current, so you don’t have to go through the repo-changing hassle every release.
To install MATE, visit our Portal and utilise the one click install ymp files (simply click on the icons next to the appropriate version).
If you have any questions, please, don’t hesitate to contact us.
You can find pretty much all the needed information regarding MATE on openSUSE at:
- openSUSE MATE Portal
- openSUSE Connect MATE Page
- Google +
- MATE Forums
- Mailing List
- IRC Channel: #opensuse-mate @ Freenode